South El Paso mothers and grandmothers establish a health clinic to address the needs of their low-income community and children. The organization, based inside a slum tenement known as “Los Seis Infiernos” (The Six Hells), is christened the “Father Rahm Clinic,” in honor of Father Harold Rahm, a Jesuit priest and social-justice activist who had served the community during the late 1950s to early 1960s.
The clinic expands to a larger office building within the Segundo Barrio neighborhood.
The Father Rahm Service Center, Inc. receives its first funding from the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare to provide information and referral services. The National Urban Coalition funds and initiates the Father Rahm Health Task Force.
Conservative community members — irate over the clinic’s family planning services — demand that the words “Father Rahm” be stripped from the clinic’s name. The organization is renamed Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.
A $645,000 grant is awarded to provide medical services. A new site — once the home of El Paso’s first Mormon church — is renovated to provide community-health services. Twenty-four men and women form La Fe’s first staff.
More than 150 community members accuse La Fe’s board of directors of fiscal impropriety. The protestors — neighborhood activists, students, angry abuelitas, and community supporters — stage an armed takeover of the clinic. The community wins and elects a new board of directors.
Financial support from the State of Texas helps the clinic provide comprehensive services and reach an annual budget of about $1 Million.
Massive community growth and increasing health needs result in La Fe quickly outgrowing the capacity of its clinic site at 608 S. St. Vrain. The search begins for a new location.
A Baptist church building — directly across the street from the site where the Seis Infiernos tenements once stood — serves as the clinic’s new home. La Fe comes full circle.
Sixty-six health professionals make up La Fe’s workforce. The budget expands to $3 Million — all of which is Federally dependent.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations gives its seal of approval to La Fe — making it Texas’ first community-health center to receive its prestigious accreditation.
Salvador Balcorta MSSW — once a teen social-justice activist, La Fe volunteer, and community-outreach worker — takes the reins as La Fe’s new executive director. As the former director of the El Paso City-County Community-Health Department and a Segundo Barrio native, Balcorta brings a keen awareness of the community’s needs and issues. Under his leadership, La Fe initiates a hybrid model of administration that unites corporate-style financial efficiency with La Fe’s longstanding, community-based “alma y corazón” grassroots outlook. Within a few short years, Balcorta leads the organization out of its federally dependent status and toward a new era of growth and development.
La Fe opens the Sun Plaza Clinic, its first satellite clinic. The South El Paso facility focuses on the needs of the elderly, diabetes prevention and management, and other common geriatric health issues within a public-housing setting.
President Bill Clinton designates La Fe as one of four pilot programs in his national and community-service VISTA Programs.
La Fe opens the San Elizario Clinic, its second satellite clinic El Paso County’s Lower Valley. This modular facility serves thousands of low-income families in this rural community.
La Fe receives its first Community Development Block Grant. The $500,000 grant funds the design and land acquisition for the La Fe Child and Adolescent Wellness Center. La Fe prepares to launch this multi-component health center — a unique blend of traditional health care, technology, and cultural arts — in the heart of El Paso’s historic Segundo Barrio community.
La Fe opens the Lisbon Clinic, its third satellite clinic. The Lisbon Clinic begins as a cooperative effort between La Fe and the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso. It becomes the region’s first public-housing clinic to establish a family practice in the middle of a multi-family community.
La Fe celebrates the grand opening of the La Fe Child and Adolescent Wellness Center’s medical component. The facility begins providing pediatric medical and dental services.
The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honors La Fe as 1999’s Hispanic Organization of the Year.
That same year, the La Fe CARE Center — a comprehensive HIV/ AIDS services and treatment facility — opens its doors. It rapidly becomes the largest facility of its kind in the Southwestern United States.
La Fe passes the first combined Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Primary Care Effectiveness Review site visits with one of the highest scores in history.
The National Council of La Raza — the country’s largest Hispanic advocacy and civil-rights organization — selects La Fe as its Affiliate of the Year.
La Fe receives the Families Count National Honors Program Award. It is a $500,000 unrestricted award granted to exemplary organizations working on behalf of the nation’s most vulnerable children and families. IBM honors La Fe with its La Familia Award and provides 75 high-tech computers for the La Fe Child and Adolescent Wellness Center’s technology component.
La Fe opens the technology division of its Child and Adolescent Wellness Center. The La Fe Culture and Technology Center houses a state-of-the-art recording studio, a multi-purpose auditorium and theater, graphic-arts center, and offers classes in computer literacy, cultural arts and crafts, music, dance, GED, ESL, and US Citizenship Preparedness.
The La Fe Westway Clinic opens its doors, making it Canutillo, Texas’ first permanent public health-care facility. The La Fe Westway Satellite Clinic offers the then 20,000 residents of this low-income community in far-western El Paso County preventive and primary-care health services, an on-site pharmacy, and a community room.
The United Nations (UN) designates Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe as a UN-Sanctioned Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). This international status allows nonprofit organizations like La Fe to provide consultation support across international boundaries.
The La Fe Preparatory School opens its doors in the heart of Segundo Barrio. This public charter school offers its students a dual-language education with a curriculum based on arts, culture, and technology. The school begins with a student body of 128.
The La Fe Culture and Technology Center breaks ground on its building expansion, which adds six new classrooms, arts space, and a new commercial and educational kitchen.
La Fe opens the José Román MD Pediatric Clinic, named posthumously in honor of La Fe’s first medical director. The facility is located just a few blocks down the street from the new La Fe Administration Office.
Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe relocates its administrative headquarters to a spacious, modern facility at 1314 E. Yandell, El Paso, Texas 79902. Work begins on converting the original La Fe Administration building at 608 S. St. Vrain into a future home for La Fe’s Social Services and Behavior Health Services Department. La Fe’s on-staff artists begin painting every inch of the building’s exterior with colorful murals that depict the community’s vibrant culture and history.
The La Fe Yandell Adult Clinic opens next door to La Fe’s José Román MD Pediatric Clinic. The two-clinic facility also houses a La Fe Women, Infants, and Children’s Program (WIC) office. It is located across the street from a major park area and fast-growing residential zone just east of Downtown El Paso.
La Fe’s growing Social and Behavioral Health Services Department moves into its new home at 608 S. St. Vrain, the historic site of La Fe’s original stand-alone clinic and the former location of its administration team.
La Fe relocates its Lisbon Clinic to a larger site — more than tripling that clinic’s health-service space and capacity for medical providers. The new facility also houses a computer room for the community’s access.
The Magoffin Park Villas — a multi-million dollar mixed-income housing development built and owned by Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe — becomes the catalyst for the rebirth and redevelopment of El Paso’s Downtown sector. The 90-plus unit complex quickly reaches full capacity as an attractive and affordable housing option for Downtown living.
The La Fe Preparatory School (LFPS) more than doubles its student body to 270 children. The Texas Education Agency awards its approval to the LFPS to begin expanding one grade level each year until it reaches the 12th Grade.
La Fe receives nearly $2 Million in funding and technology-based equipment and software via the US Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program. This project — an initiative of US President Barack H. Obama and a collaborative effort among local nonprofit and community organizations — targeted low-income populations with support for technology development and access in education.
In partnership with the Empowerment Zone, La Fe launches an innovative culinary education and business project to provide community members with access to a commercial kitchen and certified food-preparation facility. The new facility begins helping community members become fully licensed food vendors and entrepreneurs.
La Fe breaks ground on what will become the new La Fe San Elizario Clinic – a spacious 17,000 square foot community-health complex that will greatly expand the capacity of the current modular site. The new La Fe San Elizario Clinic, scheduled to open its doors in late 2014, is the largest hard construction medical facility ever built to serve El Paso County’s Lower Valley area.
The Mexican Consulate General of El Paso presents La Fe CEO Salvador Balcorta MSSW with Mexico’s Ohtli Award. This prestigious recognition by Mexico’s national government honors individuals whose efforts have significantly contributed to the well-being, prosperity and empowerment of Mexican communities abroad. This award is granted by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations through its Instituto de Los Mexicanos En El Exterior.
The Rotary Club of El Paso, one of the area’s most respected networks of community business and civic leaders, honors La Fe CEO Salvador Balcorta MSSW with its Distinguished Service Award. This recognition takes special note of Balcorta’s lifetime of dedication to community health, wellbeing, and cultural leadership.